Nancy L. McKenna, Owner
Wedding cakes can be expensive to buy, but just add up the cost of ingredients, tools and equipment, not to mention the time spent researching, baking and making those little tiny marzipan cabbage roses -- you've got a costly and labor-intensive project on your hands. There are trade-offs, even if you are a professional-level baker. Besides, we're guessing you have more tasks on your hands than time to bake your cake.
We know, we know.... In light of your budget, you think you should opt for the cake with the cleanest lines imaginable. Well, guess what? You might as well go for over-the-moon decoration
Cake designers are able to hide little, sugary imperfections behind swags, rosettes and fleur-de-lis. Your extraordinarily simple cake has to be virtually flawless. An attribute for which your cake designer will surely consider "time to create" and charge accordingly.
Traditionally, the bride's family pays for the wedding cake, though today, with many couples splitting wedding costs between families (or paying for the entire wedding themselves), you may find the matter of who is covering cake costs worth discussing.
You'll want to get a handle on your overall wedding budget first -- before you start cake tasting. Then, figure out where your cake fits into the plan.
Let's look at an *example: wedding cake for 150 guests
$2.00 per serving = $300
$2.50 per serving = $375
$3.00 per serving = $450
$3.50 per serving = $525
*prices in example were culled from several bakery price lists from all over the United States and may or may not reflect prices in your area.
That's a big range. Your price will depend on many things: the design and décor of your cake, how many guests you need to feed, and the type of cake you order. Most good bakers can show you options that will fit within your cake budget, allow you to still have a dramatic centerpiece wedding cake, and still feed the number of guests you need.
The Groom's Cake can serve many purposes, from dessert at the rehearsal dinner, to (most commonly) an alternative choice to the bride's cake at the wedding. It's customary for the Groom's Cake to be displayed next to the bride's cake and later cut and put into boxes for guests to take home.
A current creative trend in Groom's Cakes is to have the cake reflect the groom's interests or hobbies.
Whatever you decide, gifting your new hubby (and your guests) with a Groom's Cake is something you should do because you want to - not because you feel obligated.
You've worked all day. You're stressed. You're tired. All you want to do is put your feet up for a few minutes and relax. But you've still got to make that special dessert. You might not even have all the ingredients needed. You could go to the local bakery and hope they had something on the shelf that would do. Or -------- you can call us.